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Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Titanium X Estate (2008)

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Review

Even after a year of driving it, I have still not become fully accustomed to some of the Mondeo’s technology. 

For example, the optional keyless entry and start, which means the Mondeo can be unlocked and its engine started without the key ever leaving one’s pocket, has been a godsend when I’ve had children to strap in. 

But more than once I have got out of the car after being dropped off, with the key still in my pocket, while my wife drives away.

A warning in the car is sounded followed by frantic mobile phone calls to stop me jumping on the 7:50am train to King’s Cross. Perhaps the best place for a car key is in its ignition lock.

Overall though, the Mondeo’s technology – of which there is plenty in this range topping £27,670 Titanium X model – is well thought out and as intuitive as it is intelligent.

Despite our car being equipped with most of the options available, it is worth noting that the £23,895 base model still comes with clever technology like rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.

All this technology is wrapped up in a very attractive body and, arguably, the estate is better looking than its saloon sibling.
And it is certainly the more practical of the two.

This all means the family is sorry to see the Ford go. 

It is a fantastic family car. It is comfortable, well equipped and incredibly roomy. Indeed, most impressive has been the size of the cabin – both passenger legroom and luggage carrying capacity. 

Options such as the electric seats and rear privacy glass have added to the comfort levels, but drivers will be more than happy with the option-free model.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine has been a little disappointing. It is best suited to motorway cruising and demands a lot of gear changes to get the most out of it on rural roads.

Over the past 2,000 miles, we have seen economy settle at a respectable 41mpg – the official combined figure is 47.9mpg – which is more impressive considering that much of that has been city driving.

The car does show a few signs of the testing life it has so far been subjected to – mainly to the rear bumper, which lacks any protection against damage from sharp or heavy items being loaded into the boot – but overall it has stood up to the task admirably.

There is only one question left to answer about the Mondeo – will the next long-term test car live up to the high standards set by this Ford?

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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